FDSOA One Day Class on Fire Pump Maintenance
On Sunday, January 12, a pre-conference, the FDSOA one-day class on fire pump maintenance, testing and operation will be held off-site prior to the start of the 2020 Annual FDSOA Fire Apparatus, Safety and Maintenance Conference at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz. Pre-Conference Session Includes HANDS-ON PUMP TEAR DOWN by Brown and Stewart.
The class, Fire Pump and Accessories with Hands-on Pump Tear Down, will consist of four hours of classroom review of theory, operation and accessories, and four hours of hands-on work tearing down a pump and putting it back together. “Participants will leave the course with a better understanding of how the pump works and the need for maintenance and testing,” said Brian Brown, one of the course’s instructors.
Brown also said the target audience isn’t necessarily just EVTs. He’s had engineers, training officers, chiefs, and spec committee members attend the class. Brown suggested, if you’re buying a new fire apparatus, the pump is a big part of that. Departments want to make sure they’re spec’ing the right thing.
Brian Brown has worked in the fire service for over 30 years. He oversaw the Fleet Services Bureau for South Metro Fire Rescue (Colo.) and is an instructor through numerous agencies. Terry Stewart is a 30-year veteran of the fire services and is the international board director of FDSOA. Stewart is a Pro-Board Certified ISO through FDSOA and is the PMR for the development of the new FDSOA EVT programs.
BASICS OF SPEC WRITING by Shand and Wilbur
Buying a new fire apparatus can be overwhelming, expensive and compounded by evolving national standards. Tom Shand and Mike Wilbur are industry experts when it comes to helping you understand and write a fire apparatus specification for your department.
In a four-hour, pre-conference program as part of the Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA) Annual Fire Apparatus, Safety and Maintenance Conference, Shand and Wilbur will present Basics of Spec Writing, at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Sunday, January 12th.
“There’s no right or wrong process to spec development. This class will cover a lot of different ways, as well as opportunities that are available to departments writing specs,” said Shand. Using a nationally recognized consortium, tagging onto another department’s spec, or writing your own, are just some of the options they’ll cover.
In addition, during a breakout session, Shand and Wilbur will present Upfitting Your Apparatus: From Bumper to Back Step, How to Maximize Your Tool and Equipment Layouts. This program will cover making the most of the compartment space on your apparatus, both in the new vehicle you’re designing and in the one you already have in service.
Tom Shand is a 40-year veteran of the fire service, a partner at Emergency Vehicle Response, and a contributing editor to both Firehouse Magazine and Fire Apparatus Journal. Mike Wilbur has been a career and volunteer firefighter for over 40 years and is currently an New York City firefighter. Wilbur is nationally recognized in emergency vehicle operations, apparatus placement and purchasing.
For a brief video with additional information on this course, please visit Pre-Con Pump Class. To register for Fire Pump and Accessories with Tear Down or the 2020 FDSOA Fire Apparatus, Safety, and Maintenance conference, please visit 2020 Apparatus Symposium.